Everyone Play: Various Gifts, One Body by Brock Bingaman

1 Corinthians 12 (NRSV)

12:1-7

1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 

12:12-13

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 

12:14-18, 21, 27

14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose....

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you…” 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Outline:

EVERYONE PLAYS: VARIOUS GIFTS, ONE BODY (1 Cor. 12)

1. VARIOUS GIFTS, ONE SOURCE (12:1-7): Engenders HUMILITY.

2. MANY MEMBERS, ONE BODY (vss. 12-13): Engenders UNITY.

3. INTERDEPENDENCE AND HONOR (vss. 14-18, 21, 27): Engenders RESPECT.